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Thousands of children to benefit from santa’s wonderland this holiday season - Dec 4, 2019 - 3:30:06 PM

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Bass Pro Shops has teamed up with Convoy of Hope, The Grand Bahama Christian Council (GBCC), the YMCA and various government agencies to make the holiday season bright for thousands of children on Grand Bahama Island through Santa’s Wonderland. A holiday staple on the Bass Pro Shops calendar, Santa’s Wonderland is an activity-packed event for children that includes gift giveaways, games, treats, and photo opportunities with Santa Claus and his helpers. The free, Christmas-themed attraction is set for December 16-19 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the YMCA playing field...
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Government moves to protect the pensions of millennium heights employees - Dec 4, 2019 - 3:20:24 PM

As the transition from the Victoria Hospital into the Owen King European Union Hospital (OK-EU) enters its final leg, keen focus is being placed on human resource and employment.

On Tuesday 26th November 2019 Parliament passed an amendment to the “Millennium Heights Medical Complex Act” to secure and protect the pensions of public officers who wish to be employed with the new entity...
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Gender & Family Affairs Technical Officers complete UN Symposium Training - Dec 4, 2019 - 1:24:58 PM

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Technical officers from the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, returned to New Providence over the November 29 weekend after participating in a United Nations Symposium on 'Mainstreaming Gender in Water Resources Management for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean.'

The officers were Torree Musgrove and Allicia Rolle, who serve as Research and Conventions Specialists within the Department of Gender and Family Affairs...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Standardization Regional Workshop - A stepping stone for Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts - Dec 4, 2019 - 1:00:18 PM

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Three months since the passage of 2019’s monster Hurricane Dorian, The Bahamas is hosting a regional workshop geared toward rebuilding quality infrastructure. The program is focusing particularly on the area of trade, based on the framework of the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers of Trade (WTO/TBT) Agreement.

According well with this direction is the four-day conference, hosted by The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) and organized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Central Secretariat...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Campbell discusses the way forward with National Commission for Persons with Disabilities - Dec 4, 2019 - 12:45:16 PM

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Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, Monday met with Commissioners of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities during which time they discussed the way forward.

The community of persons with disabilities celebrates Disability Awareness Week in The Bahamas, December 1-7.  The Week opened Sunday with a Church Service...
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Warrant Officer speaks to RBDF Rangers - Dec 4, 2019 - 11:35:48 AM

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Warrant Officer Oral Wood, Command Force Chief at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, was a recent guest speaker for the RBDF Rangers on November 23 2019 at the S.C. McPherson Junior High School.

As the Rangers celebrate Character Development Month in November, Force Chief Petty Officer (FCPO) Wood addressed the young students on the importance and benefits of having a bad character and a good character...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Inspirations at Sea Cruise visits Grand Bahama for 5th year - Dec 4, 2019 - 11:30:09 AM

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The Ministry of  Tourism & Aviation’s Religious Tourism Department recently welcomed 60 gospel artists to Grand Bahama for an afternoon of music, dining and fellowship at the Manta Ray Beach Club. The group comprised recent winners in the Prayze Factor Awards, a global initiative that recognises and promotes the best unsigned gospel talent around the world.

The visit marked Prayze Factor’s fifth consecutive trip to Grand Bahama. Each year, following the awards ceremony, the winners are invited on a tour across the U.S. that culminates in a cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines to The Bahamas...
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GBPA and Mercy Corps Launch Grant Programme to Help Local Economy RISE again - Dec 4, 2019 - 9:30:13 AM

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Freeport, The Bahamas – Micro, small and medium businesses now have access to much-needed funding as they prepare for the upcoming holiday season. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), today, announced the “Restoring Industries and Sustaining Employment (RISE) Initiative, in collaboration with Mercy Corps (MC), a leading global humanitarian and development organization.

The RISE initiative will offer grants to at least 100 qualifying local businesses from across Grand Bahama, which have suffered losses as a direct result of Hurricane Dorian.  Grants up to $10,000 will be offered...
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BTVI officials visit Florida's Valencia College to learn about Technical Training Programs - Dec 3, 2019 - 4:00:39 PM

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A team of officials from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) visited the Orlando campuses of Valencia College to tour the facilities, as they prepare to rebuild their campuses in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian. 

The goal of the visit was to learn how to build and equip new facilities aimed at training a strong technical workforce in The Bahamas.  BTVI’s Abaco centre was demolished by hurricane Dorian in August 2019...
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New Zealand High Commissioner paid courtesy call on the Governor General - Dec 3, 2019 - 3:45:06 PM

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Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith (right) received His Excellency Anton Ojala, High Commissioner Designate of New Zealand, in a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.  

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
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Itelbpo makes bold move in diversifying Its labour pool - Dec 3, 2019 - 3:40:24 PM

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itelbpo in partnership with Invest Saint Lucia is developing a 20,000 sq ft factory shell located in the Hewanorra Free Zone in Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia, which will house more than 300 employees in the global services sector. It is a strategic move aimed at expanding its geographical footprint, ultimately diversifying its workforce and further enriching its global talent pool as the company pushes aggressively towards its 5-year goal of 5,000 new seats in its contact centre operations. itelbpo & Invest Saint Lucia have broken ground and the new site is set to open on April 1, 2020...
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Bahamas Development Bank Consultants meet with Stakeholders for Diagnostic review and strategic plan - Dec 3, 2019 - 3:30:39 PM

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The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) is currently in the midst of a major reform effort to ensure that it can meet international expectations for national development, including support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to business process re-engineering to improve service quality, the Bank is also developing a new Strategic Plan. The Plan will integrate the need for climate change mitigation, environmental sustainability...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister of Tourism welcomed wedding planners at Baha Mar - Dec 3, 2019 - 2:07:09 PM

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Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar gave welcome remarks at the MunaLuchi Coterie Retreat for wedding professionals, December 2, 2019, at Baha Mar.   The Minister is pictured at the podium, and with Chike Nwobu, president, and Jacqueline Nwobu, CEO/Editor in Chief of MunaLuchi Bride magazine. 

(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
New Zealand's High Commissioner Designate presented Letter of Introduction at Foreign Affairs - Dec 3, 2019 - 12:50:29 PM

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The High Commissioner Designate of New Zealand to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Mr. Anton Mark Ojala presented his Letter of Introduction at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, December 2, 2019.  Mr. Ojala is pictured with Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sharon Brennen Haylock. 

(BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)...
News : Local
RBDF Marines complete Boat Handling Course - Dec 3, 2019 - 12:16:56 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to ensuring its servicemen and women undergo job specific training. As such, a total of 40 Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines stationed at the Harbour Patrol Unit (HPU) received certificates on November 29th 2019 after successfully completing the Basic Small Boat Handling and the Small Boat Coxswain Training courses.

The course, which was taught by Senior Enlisted assigned to the HPU, enables Marines to improve their navigating skills while serving aboard Defence Force patrol crafts...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas prepares for January pledge conference to mobilize recovery financing after Hurricane Dorian - Dec 3, 2019 - 11:30:00 AM

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The Government of The Bahamas and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom will stage a pledge conference on 13 January 2020 in Nassau to mobilize financial and technical support for recovery efforts in The Bahamas, following the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane hit the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in September 2019 and left widespread devastation estimated at $3.4 billion...
News : International : Caribbean News
UWP welcomes Largest Road Rehabilitation Programme in Saint Lucia’s history - Dec 3, 2019 - 9:50:33 AM

The United Workers Party welcomes the largest single investment in Road Rehabilitation Project as announced by Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet and Minister for Infrastructure Hon. Stephenson King in September of this year.

The UWP is especially happy to note that in keeping with our manifesto promise on page 18, neglected roads across most constituencies in Saint Lucia will benefit from much needed rehabilitation interventions with the US $42 Million Programme...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
What’s new in the islands of the Bahamas this December - Dec 3, 2019 - 9:40:06 AM

The weather may be cooling down in the U.S., but The Bahamas is heating up this winter. With numerous awards under its belt, The Bahamas is top-of-mind as people around the world set their 2020 travel plans. From continued reopenings on Grand Bahama Island, to a new craft cocktail bar in Nassau to exciting cultural events such as the vibrant celebration of Junkanoo, there is no better time than now to see just why it’s always “Better in The Bahamas”...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bostwick-Dean receives Letter of Appointment to the Senate - Dec 2, 2019 - 11:20:41 PM

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Mrs. Janet Lissette Raquel Bostwick-Dean received her Letter of Appointment to the Senate during a ceremony at Government House on Monday 2 December 2019.

The appointment follows the resignation of Senate president Mrs. Kay Forbes-Smith who will take up the post of Managing Director of the newly created Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority. Senators will elect a new president...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Prime Minister Minnis receives Letters of Credentials from New Zealand High Commissioner - Dec 2, 2019 - 9:32:52 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis was presented with the Letters of Credentials from Mr. Anton Oila, the non-resident New Zealand High Commissioner-designate to The Bahamas. Prime Minister Minnis said that The Bahamas looks forward to strengthening its relationship with New Zealand, particularly in the areas of climate change, education, ease of doing business and the digitization of services. Prime Minister Minnis and High Commissioner Oila are pictured during the presentation ceremony held Monday 2 December at the Office of the Prime Minister...

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